For the installation ceremony of Lathom Abbey Lodge No 6286, the members were honoured by the presence of Provincial Grand Charity Steward Glynn Wrennall the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison.
After the opening of the lodge by WM Bill Dutch and the general business being completed the brethren stood in respect of Ron Goodyear who passed away during the summer and had tyled for the lodge for over 10 years.
Glynn was then admitted accompanied by grand officers Frank Umbers, (Ormskirk and District Group Chairman), Brian Fairhurst and Martin Walsh along with other Provincial grand officers. Also in attendance was the acting Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works Geoff Lever.
45 brethren, including five masters in office, were treated to an excellent ceremony when Bill installed his successor Richard Prescott into the chair of King Solomon in a confident and sincere manner. This is the first time in Richard’s Masonic career that he has served the lodge as master. Richard, who is now retired, worked in IT for many years and is also a member of Chapter of Unity and Perseverance No 580.
The installation team was led by DC Nigel Kent, ably assisted by ADC Jamie Lomax with additional support from Eddie Durr senior warden, Richie McKay junior warden, (who will shortly celebrate his 105th birthday) and Reg Porter inner guard.
An explanation of the working tools of an installed master was expertly presented by David Williams WM of Lodge of Harmony No 580, a delight to all brethren present as this is very rarely witnessed. The third, second and first degree tools were delivered by Martin Walsh, John Mercer and Tom Hughes respectively, all of which were flawlessly given. The address to the master was presented by Eddie Durr with great sincerity and the address to the brethren was presented by the guest of honour Glynn.
As the ceremony came to a close Glynn congratulated Richard on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master and wished him well for the year ahead. Glynn also congratulated Bill and the installation team on a fine ceremony on behalf of the PrGM.
Richard then had the pleasure of presenting Glynn with seven cheques. These charitable disbursements amounted to the magnificent sum of £2,500, with donations of £400 to Alzheimer’s Society, £400 to Asthma UK, £400 to Parkinson’s UK, £400 to The Salvation Army, £400 to Rainbow House, £400 to North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Lakes and £100 West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. Glynn congratulated all the brethren for their exceptional generosity on behalf of the all the recipients, commenting that there are very few lodges in this economic climate able to donate such a remarkable amount.
The atmosphere at the festive board was very convivial with all enjoying a delightful three course meal of stilton stuffed breaded mushrooms with garlic mayonnaise, roast rump of lamb with seasonal vegetables followed by tiramisu.
In responding to the toast to his health Glynn gave his own warm greetings saying that he always looks forward to visiting Ormskirk and once again had been made most welcome.
At the close of the evening many of the members were joined by their wives to conclude a very memorable occasion.